Revolution skincare & brush haul.


Hey there! so as i have mentioned and shown before, im quite a fan of revolution (originally makeup revolution) and all of there sister brands (obsession, freedom etc). Revolution, obsession and freedom take up the most room in my collection for sure, so when i heard that revolution were bringing out a line of skincare, well you know that gif of the little girl throwing money out the window? me towards revolution! i knew that i had to try it, and placed an order as soon as it came out.

I also picked up 2 things in the sale (again!) while i was at it, i picked up the obsession trend sets weapon of choice brush set £5.00, i have a thing for brushes at the moment and im really impressed with these! they may have been a complete nightmare to photograph but they are so soft! i just wanna sit and touch them….thats a bit weird but hey ho!

I also picked up the revolution pro cleanse brush tool £2.00, continuing on my never ending quest to get my brushes as clean as i can get them!


Anyway, on to the good stuff right? i picked up four of the serums on offer, now the skincare they have launched has serious the ordinary vibes but seeing as i love revolution so much i would love if they were as good or even better than the ordinary!


When i saw the revolution skin blemish and pore refining serum 10% niacinmide + 1% zinc £6.00 i was very curious. I tend to suffer with hormone related breakouts across my chin and jaw pretty much all month long but it gets rather awful and pops up in random places around my face when my period actually hits so i thought this would help with that! again theres no scent and nothing bad about it yet, but reviews will be incoming!

Next thing i bought i was very curious about the minute i saw it, the revolution skin nourishing CBD oil £10.00. The oils in the range are the most expensive thing right now, i have used and loved rosehip oil before (the other oil in the range) but when i saw CBD i had to try it! CBD has been everywhere lately, and i loved the sound of it for my skin too, meant to be nourishing and calming, so far ive found it smells like nothing and theres nothing bad about it yet.

There was no question i would pick up the skin plumping and hydrating soluation 2% hyaluronic acid £6.00, i really loved the hyaluronic acid i tried from the ordinary so i really wanted to see if i could find a replacement and i think i have so far! reviews and overview is coming but i really like it right now.

The last thing i picked up is the revolution mild skin exfoliator 5% lactic acid + hyaluronic acid £6.00, now i spoke last week about acid exfoliators and i showed that all the ones i have are glycolic based, i really wanted to give one a go thats one a different acid and two in a serum! so far my skins been fine with it, only notable thing is that is smells like chocolate? weirdly!

So there you go! my revolution haul of brushes and there new skincare, a overview of the skincare and reviews of each product will be incoming once ive had time to test it all. so look out for that!

Cath x

Obsession ultimate marble brush set.



Hey there! so a couple of weeks ago i was looking around for a brush cleaner, for years ive been fine just using a cheap shampoo or the vanish soap bar but for whatever reason i just couldnt get my brushes clean anymore. It didnt matter how much time i took over each brush they were not getting clean! so i thought i would pick up a brush cleaner to see if that helped.

I looked in the revolution sale because of course i hoped i would find something cheap! And i did there solid brush cleaner was £3, but then i spotted this set, it would normally be £60 but for £15 i would get a collection of those weird toothbrush like makeup brushes to try, a sponge (a silicone blender that i knew i wouldnt touch) and of course the brush cleaner. It felt like a no brainer, so i of course picked up the set, the obsession ultimate marble brush set £15.00 being the one in question.

So first off, the brushes are odd but cool! they are pretty soft but that does also differ depending on the brush. For example the big one is the most densely packed, so isnt quite as soft as the smaller ones but none are tough or scratchy.

I have too say, the big one applies foundation very quickly and without streaking etc! its a bit weird to use but once you have figured that out, and there is a learning curve that comes with all these brushes you are good to go and it does apply foundation really well! the other ones are all good for varying cream products, i do tend to go for cream products with these! i also found the small one with a rounded tip worked super well for lipsticks, score!

Next up, the sponge is well a sponge! its not the softest nicest sponge ive used, but it is a very pretty looking sponge that works very well.

So we get to the reason i bought the set, the brush cleaner! has i said, i was really struggling to get my brushes to be clean, and i hoped this would help, and thankfully it did! just not quite enough, but it did help! basically you wet your brush, swirl it in the soap until you get a lather going then swirl it in your hand or on a brush cleaning mat and rinse until clean. i did find that it got most of my brushes clean, cleaner than they have been in ages! the only downside was that a few of my brushes, i think around 2 just wouldn’t get quite clean, but that could just be that they are too far gone however this brush cleaner did help a bit with them! it also did really well on sponges too. One thing i did find was that sometimes you will have to rinse the actual soap itself has all the brushes with different colours go in there you get some interesting lather! but thats not really a problem.

So all in all i really liked this set, its quite a bargain! im glad i picked this during my need a brush cleaner/buy all the things spree lately.

Cath x

Acid Toning – why do it & my favourites.

Hey there! so today i wanted to chat to you about acid toning, why it can be a very good step in your skincare routine & my personal favourite acid toners!

Before i begin however i will just state that i am no expert, i am not trained and this is just what i know from my own research and trail and error! if your ever concerned, you should of course always ask a professional.

It is also very important to know that if you acid tone you must wear an spf during the day! you should be wearing one regardless, but with acid toning its even more important.

If you havent really heard much about acid toning before you have likely read the word “acid” and been a bit freaked out! when acid toning first became a more mainstream thing everyone had the same kind of reaction, myself included until you learn a bit more about it.

So acid toning is using a toner or pre-soaked pad that contains a gentle AHA or BHA acid in the normal toner stage, and what this does is it gets to work on the skin eating away at dead skin without using very harsh scrubs etc. It also kills off bacteria extremely well so its very good for spots, and helps to fade scars over time as well.

Theres 3 main acids you will find, glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid. glycolic and lactic are AHAs, and salicylic is a BHA, whats the difference? well according to the paulas choice website here AHAs work on the skins surface and are water soluble were as BHAs work down into the pores as well and are oil soluble.

Generally, salicylic acid is seen as the one to go to if you have a lot of issues with spots, blackheads etc as it really helps with that. Lactic acid is rather gentle and not irritating and best for those with sensitive skin, glycolic acid is the one most people know about and the one i use the most, it is the staple of acid toning!

So, when do you use these? well you can use them morning or night, or even morning and night! but personally i mostly use at night and only use in the morning if i feel like i need the boost. This is the first step on your skin after cleansing, and then after this you follow with a skin hydrating mist to start the hydration process.

So, shall we get into my favourites!

These are the 3 i currently use, though i will also list in a second some honourable mentions! i will say, all the ones i use are glycolic based, that is just what i go for personally and is the most commonly found.

So first up is the Lacura daily cleansing pads £4.95 for 2 packs of 60 pads, i could only find the double packs online but as you can see for the price its very affordable! they are a very obvious dupe of the nip + fab pads (mentioned below) and honestly i cant tell too much of a difference between the two! these contain glycolic acid mainly, and also some fruit acids though they are way farther down the list. The way i use pads like this is i buff over my skin with one side then i flip it and go again, i also will buff and spend longer on spots and areas of concern, these are my go to acid toner id say.

Next is actually the only liquid acid toner ive tried, the Freedom Glycolic radiance toner £6.00, now this one is meant to be a dupe for the pixi glow tonic, i havent tried the glow tonic but i like this one! ive had a few bottles of it now on and off and its a really good budget toner if you would rather soak your own cotton pads, again it is glycolic based, the only thing that puts me off using this sometimes is that it can leave the skin feeling a little sticky, i spray straight after so it doesnt matter too much but its just something to be aware of!

Lastly we have the Superdrug Naturally Radiant glycolic acid daily cleansing pads £5.99, now these are basically the same as the lacura or the nip + fab, they are glycolic based with fruit acids much farther down the list pre-soaked pads.  Theres not much i can say about these that i didnt say about the lacura ones! these are pretty much the same in almost every way.

So those are the 3 i am currently using, the first one i used and still often my go to are of course the nip + fab glycolic fix exfoliating facial pads £13.59. They are slightly up there in price but almost always on sale somewhere! they also now have an “extreme” version (they are not too much stronger dont panic) a sensitive version and a salicylic acid version as well so theres something for everyone there!

Of course there is the famous pixi glow tonic £18.00, it is again up there in price, but if you dont know were to start and can afford a little bit more you are not going to go wrong with this at all!

Mainly when it comes to acid toning, i would say have a look around and go for what you think suits you, try some things out and have fun! i honestly love acid toning its something i brought into my skincare years ago and im very glad i did.

Cath x

Natures Alchemist Balancing clay Face Mask.

Hey There! So a few weeks ago i posted a superdrug & boots order that i made to pick up some pampering products for my birthday. One of the products i got is this the Natures Alchemist balancing clay face mask £6.99, now honestly i bought it thinking it would be that kind of pore cleaning clay mask but it isnt really like that. Its more something made to balance and calm stressed calm, so honestly its still up my ally! but what was even more interesting once i had it in my hands is that its a 2 in 1! you can also use it as a cleanser, colour me curious! its also vegan, gluten free and contains no parabens which is all of course becoming more and more important.

So on the back it says that if you want to use it as a cleanser you use a small amount on damp skin massaging until theres a lather and then splash off…shudder, Can we all start praying to the alter of caroline hirons please and stop it with the “lather” and the “splash off”.

first off, this doesnt lather and i mean it, i have tried to lather it and it just doesnt and secondly good luck splashing this off, your gonna be splashing for a while!. If you can get past the out dated directions on the back this is actually a really nice clay cleanser, which im really happy about because ive wanted a clay cleanser for a while.

How i use it, is i use around a 5p sized amount and massage onto either dry skin or skin that ive just cleansed with a oil or balm (so using this as a second cleanse) and once ive massaged this onto my skin for a bit i then use a damp flannel to remove. It really does live up to the stressed skin claims because its very calming, it feels cool on the skin and cleanses without upsetting which as been very nice lately for my hormonal stressed anxiety ridden face.

So, how does it do as a mask? well wait for it, we have outdated directions to make caroline hirons shudder again first “spread on a thick layer, leave for 5 minutes then remove with damp cotton wool”, damp cotton wool?? are you mad?? of course, i removed it with a flannel.

Honestly, and this is rather funny considering what its marketed as and what i bought it has but i prefer it as a cleanser than a mask. It didnt do anything bad as a mask, but it just felt like i left my cleanser on for a while before i removed it, now it is very cooling so if my skin was throwing all the toys out of the pram and having a right old tantrum i think it would be really good to calm my skin down but i dont think it did too much for me right now.

I honestly think that if they rebranded this as a clay cleanser it would do rather well, and if they started telling us to remove it with a flannel and stopping claiming that it will lather.

So did i get the pore cleansing mask i wanted? no, but i did get a clay cleanser and im happy with that!

Cath x

The ordinary 100% plant derived squalane.


Hey there! so the other week i made an order on Asos and when i spotted that they stocked the ordinary there was no way i wasnt picking a few things up! You would have to be living under the rock to have not heard of the ordinary over the past year or so, coming from parent company deciem the ordinary is a line of skincare that is normally very hard to find at a good price, at a very good price! I have tried the ordinary foundations, primer & the hyaluronic acid, and i used the hyaluronic up to the very last drop so i knew i wanted to try more from them.

before i get into the product, i will say that yes im aware of the situation with deciem on instagram but personally for me that doesnt take away how good the ordinary products are and as someone who adores skincare but doesnt have a massive budget its amazing for me and thats what im going to focus on over what happens on social media.

100% plant-derived squalane £5.50 is what caught my eye, now the ordinary can be a bit difficult to navigate so i do suggest doing some research into what everything is and picking what is best for you. For me when it comes to serums and oils i mainly want something that is going to hydrate has that tends to be what my skin wants, so when i spotted this it sounded perfect exactly the kind of thing i want to use in the evenings.

Squalane is found naturally in our bodies, its part of our skins natural moisture, its also found in various plants and sharks liver hence why they pointed out it was plant-derived!

The ordinary say that its for surface hydration, good for those with dryer skins but suitable for everyone and its also very good to apply to your hair for heat protection! it is basically at its very core a hydrating oil, and i have found that is exactly what it does.

They say to apply this after any water based treatments, so normally for me i tend to go double cleanse-acid toner-spritz-squalane-moisturiser. You really dont need much, a few drops is more than enough! then i do the “therapist swipe” (caroline hirons anyone?) before applying to my face, a therapist swipe by the way is just a quick swipe with your hands so your hands both have product without doing the dreaded “warming up” of the product!

Now i will say, yes it feels like you are putting oil on your face because you are! however give it a minute or two, and especially once you have your moisturiser on there isnt any issues regarding greasy or oily ness anymore, it does sink it very quickly.

I really like how plump and just hydrated my skin feels when i use this, i have noticed that bringing an oil back in my routine has does wonders for my skin! i should of  brought an oil bought into my routine a long time ago but im glad this one seems to work so well for me!

have you tried this? or any of the ordinary products?

Cath x

Mask Time subscription box – face masks galore!


Hey! So this is a rather exciting post as this post is going up on my birthday! i am most likely wearing one of these masks as you read this actually, as i  am a massive mask fan, i use one at least once a week generally twice a week. I am combo/oily skinned so i often go for clay/charcoal masks. So you can imagine how excited i was when i was very kindly sent the july 2018 box from mask time!

Now mask time is a face mask subscription box, regardless of the box you pick you get a selection of korean face masks (normally sheet masks) and a skincare item or two sometimes. You can go for the glow setter monthly box that costs £24.99 for 11 masks, or you can go for the glow starter box which is £9.95 for 4 face masks, which basically means you get one a week, perfect! Every box is sent out on the 2nd of every month and with free shipping, always nice!

On top of this, you can also buy previous months boxes if you so wish and you can also buy the masks you try individually so if you really fall in love with a mask you can re-purchase it!

So, i got the july 2018 mask time glow starter box.

A really cute touch in the boxes is that inside is a little card explaining the box, and on the card is a little korean sentence so you can try and learn a korean word, and you get to learn a new word every box which is really cute.

As you can see, the box comes really nicely packaged and wrapped and inside is the lovely sheet masks! and as you can see the masks are all targeted towards dealing with spots, oily skin and pores, so up my street.


The skincare “extra” this month is rather crazy, a full sized urban dollkiss carbonated bubble charcoal clay mask (RRP £14.99). Yep, the extra is worth more than the box itself! i have wanted to try one of these bubble masks for ages, and the day before this arrived i actually almost bought one so this was really good timing. The mask arrives with a spatula that you use to apply an even layer to your face, avoiding the eyes & lips and then you wait around 5 minutes for the mask to bubble and foam up. And it really does! it bubbles and foams on your face, and you can actually feel it fizzing on your face, you then wash it off like you would any other mask. Though i do suggest you crush the bubbles first because that was my favourite bit! i really love the fun factor of this mask, and it is very cleansing and left my skin feeling very clean, it might be too much in the winter but after the heat wave we had it was honestly just what my skin needed.

Now, onto the sheet masks.

First up we have the TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL egg cream mask pore tightening RRP £4.80 – I was equal parts scared and excited to see this! i know that using egg extract to help with pores is big in Korea but still i find it a little odd. Basically the premise of these sheet mask is its a very soft microfiber sheet infused with albumen, which is egg white extract and vinegar to target and help with oily skin and enlarged pores. I havent tried this one yet, its that feeling of i want too but, eggs? i will try this and report back at some point!

Next is the ROYAL SKIN real mud mask RRP £3.00 and is made from 100% boryeong mud, this basically sounds like one of those masks that does pretty much everything! moisturises, soothes, brightens and purifies as well as being anti-oxidant, anti-aging and anti- irritation so it really does seem like it can do a little bit of everything.

The ESFOLIO volcanic ash essence mask  RRP £3.00, Not only does this mask have cute packaging, this mask is packed of volcanic ash that helps drag out dirt and other gunk in your skin so the other good things in the mask like ginseng can do even more good. I tried this mask yesterday and it was lovely! the mask itself is very wet, it feels super cooling on the skin and my skin felt very hydrated the whole day.

PONYBROWN PLUS Skin hue clearing black mask RRP £3.50, now you know the cute packaging i mentioned? well this mask has it even more! i mean how cute! Now this mask is another one that can do basically everything,  though it is even tested by the korea semyang university so we know it works and is ok to use on sensitive skins.

So there you have it! all in all honestly i really like this subscription box, i love the fact that even in the cheaper option you have enough to do 1 a week and you can buy previous boxes if you missed one you really wanted to try. This is a lovely way to treat yourself once a month or as a gift to any other face mask fan you know.

Cath x

This was sent to me for review, this does not effect or change my opinion or what i may say about the product.

B.hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz.


Hey! so in my superdrug haul the other week i picked up the B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz £7.99, i have wanted a hydrating facial spritz for a while now and i seemed to pick the right moment because with our current heatwave they are amazing!

So, if you dont know what hyaluronic acid is in simple terms it can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water. It is something we have naturally in our skin, however of course its production does slow down and its always good to top up what we naturally make!

So first off, personally for me if you want a spritz to use throughout the day this isnt for you, but as someone who is oily /combo skinned i dont tend to need hydration during the day. However i have fallen completely in love with using this morning and night! in the “morning” (because lets face it, its rare i shower before 12) i use it on clean skin and then i put my serum on top straight away, and it really adds an extra layer of hydration. At night i use it after my acid toner of choice and then i again put my serum on top straight away and it just feels so nice to lock that in.

With the weather being like it has been, i really havent wanted much on my skin some days or nights! on the really horribly hot days (32c+) i havent been doing much at all, sticking to just spraying this and then putting on a gel based moisturiser and its really worked!

the only downside honestly is the size, ive gone through this pretty fast (ive got like a quarter left) and ive only had it for a few weeks, but its pretty cheap and superdrug always has sales so its not too bad to replace!

all in all ive really liked my first go at true hydrating facial spritzs and im looking forward to trying more!

Cath x